Hopsin (born Marcus Jamal Hopson, July 18, 1985) is an American rapper and record producer from Los Angeles, California. He is well known for his use of white colored eye contacts in music videos, performances, and interviews.
Hopsin had initially signed with Ruthless Records in 2007. Hopsin's debut single “Pans In the Kitchen” was released in May 2008. His debut album, “Gazing at the Moonlight,” was not released until October 2009, with little to no promotion. Shortly after the album's release, Hopsin sought his release from Ruthless Records due to lack of financial compensation, artist support and promotion.
Shortly before his departure from Ruthless Records, Hopsin founded his own independent label, Funk Volume, with Damien Ritter. SwizZz, Damien Ritter's younger brother and a former classmate of Hopsin at Monroe High, was the first artist to be signed to Funk Volume. Shortly after launching Funk Volume, both Hopsin and SwizZz released a collaborative mixtape titled “Haywire” in June 2009 to promote the label. Funk Volume originally wanted to market it for retail sale, but were unable to due to Hopsin still being contracted by Ruthless Records at the time. On mixtape website DatPiff, it has been certified Gold for being downloaded over 100,000 times and it later made available for purchase for digital download.
Hopsin released “Nocturnal Rainbows” as the first single off of his second album “Raw” in August 2010. In October 2010, Hopsin released a music video for the song “Sag My Pants,” as the second single off “Raw.” In the song Hopsin poked fun and dissed other rappers such as Lil Wayne, Drake, Soulja Boy, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross and Tomica Wright, the owner of Ruthless Records. “Raw” was released in November 2010.
Hopsin's third album, “Knock Madness,” was released in November 2013. Guests appearing on the album included Dizzy Wright, SwizZz, Jarren Benton and Tech N9ne. The album's production was primarily handled by Hopsin.